Have you ever asked, “Who or what is God, anyway?”
It’s a funny question. The moment we have an answer, the moment we point at something, the moment we tie something down with an explanation, *poof* God disappears and we are left looking a little silly. Do you really want to be known as the person who has God all figured out? God is kind of like a dog that continually slips its leash.
And yet we continue to point at things or hold things down, saying “That’s God!”
Why do we do that?
I think it has something to do with how we use beliefs. Beliefs give us reasons to act. Without beliefs we are immobile. Unless we have a reason, or figure out a reason, then our actions seem pointless, meaningless. But when we find something meaningful, our lives become filled with direction and purpose. We jump into action.
But what’s really strange is that the belief or the reason we cling to doesn’t necessarily have to be true. It can be true or false or inaccurate or even confusing. It might be purely emotional. Still though, it makes us act. It makes us do something.
You are responsible for your actions. Are you responsible for your beliefs and reasons? I think it’s time to be. And that means everyone better start thinking critically.
The word ‘God’ is over-saturated with meaning for people even though we can’t really say what the word ‘God’ refers to anymore, with any amount of accuracy or consistency at least. At best, we all seem to make a personal decision (or personal definition) on who God is or what God is. Then, each of us decides whether to believe in the explanation of God or decide not to believe.
Why are we so concerned with figuring God out? Why are we so concerned with owning God, anyway? Why do some of us insist that we can influence something that is absolute or inconceivable ? Why do we try to borrow the power of something so elusive when we don’t really know for sure it exists? Why do we trust and act on our feelings so much? Why do we give authority to people that claim to know this inconceivable, absolute, yet ever-changing thing?
These are the kinds of questions I want to ask with this website. I believe we have to consciously play with these ideas.
This is all I can do: be honest and admit that all I have is my conception of my God. And that should make me laugh at myself a little. When I talk about my God I need to realize it gives me no authority over anyone else. It’s a reminder that I should listen to what others are saying, and put the effort into learning from them. Even if it means I have to change my mind or my feelings about something.
The same has to be said about authoritative institutions. The leash they have tied around their God slips and falls just as much as any explanation I could put on my God. Their authority must be removed in order to restore their more useful purpose – to serve. Act in service without authority.
It’s time to let go. Set God free. Let’s take responsibility for each other.
Instead of serving God, I want to serve others.
If this site gets a few people to think about the consequences of our explanations of God, then it has done some good. If this site helps one individual to just let go of God, then it has done some good. If this site, in any small way, helps to set God free of our ownership, then it has done some good. If this site helps someone take a joke about sensitive beliefs then we are on the way to something good.
What’s more important than being right? Doing something good.
What’s more important than having God figured out? Serving someone else.
What’s beyond belief and reason? Action.